no·​mad | \ ˈnō-ˌmad How to pronounce nomad (audio) , British also ˈnä- \

Definition of nomad

1 : a member of a people who have no fixed residence but move from place to place usually seasonally and within a well-defined territory For centuries nomads have shepherded goats, sheep, and cattle across the … semiarid grasslands …Discovery
2 : an individual who roams about He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long.

Other Words from nomad

nomad adjective
nomadism \ ˈnō-​ˌma-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce nomad (audio) \ noun

Examples of nomad in a Sentence

He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long. after college she became quite the nomad, backpacking through Europe with no particular destination
Recent Examples on the Web After losing her job, a woman (Frances McDormand) in her sixties embarks on a journey through America while living as a modern-day nomad. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 13 May 2022 Luplow has been a bit of a baseball nomad as a major leaguer. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2022 Stories of the horses, the weather, friendly nearby nomad families, safe routes, good food, adventures taken. Peng Shepherd, Good Housekeeping, 30 Apr. 2022 Our next digital nomad location will be Nice, France, marking a full year of seeing this beautiful planet of ours. Kimanzi Constable, Travel + Leisure, 26 Mar. 2022 One of the architects in the space is Gigi Robinson, a 23-year-old Gen Z digital nomad who is helping redefine this new digital world from the inside out. Laura Begley Bloom, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The airline, which specializes in low fares to leisure destinations, has been a bit of a nomad in Northeast Ohio in recent years, flying from airports in Youngstown, Akron-Canton and Cleveland. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 1 Mar. 2022 It was found by a nomad on Dec. 16, 2018, near Achemelmel in Mali, northwest Africa. CNN, 23 Feb. 2022 By contrast, Dubai offered itself as a base for the digital nomad. Jeevan Vasagar, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nomad

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nomad

Latin nomad-, nomas member of a wandering pastoral people, from Greek, from nemein

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“Nomad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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no·​mad | \ ˈnō-ˌmad How to pronounce nomad (audio) \

Kids Definition of nomad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a people having no permanent home but moving from place to place usually in search of food or to graze livestock
2 : a person who moves often



Kids Definition of nomad (Entry 2 of 2)

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